The three confusing categories of work that aren’t teaching….
OPD or Other professional duties (workload described in provincial and local ententes)
Comp time or compensated time (from local entente)
Value added (from provincial entente)
So you are on a committee or running a student musical or another non-teaching activity, where does it fit?
The first question to ask is approval from your administrator. Do this before embarking on any activity. Activities outside of the classroom that involve students require administration and governing board approval well in advance. Personal projects, PD and Committees have various manners of being selected, assigned or elected to. What they all have in common though is that your administrator is aware of your involvement before it occurs.
Once that’s settled comes the question of which of 3 possible categories does the activity fit in?
There are some hard rules.
Any activity that does not involve students can be OPD or Comp Time. The decision of where certain activities fall should have been discussed at the school council. Generally, most schools have a culture of which committees and activities are workload and which ones are not.
Workload or not?
If an activity is OPD it is part of your yearly workload or what you are doing to earn your salary. If it is comp time it is extra for which you receive time off, up to three pedagogical days. If the activity is value-added it is also not part of your workload and you will receive a modest monetary remuneration at the end of the school year.
How much money for value added?
A whole other article worth of explanation.
How much time off?
20 to 39 hours of activity = 1 pedagogical day
40 to 59 hours of activity = 2 pedagogical days
60 + hours of activity = 3 pedagogical days
Can I take them whenever I want?
No, your admin gets final say. They cannot block you from taking them, but can decide the when and how of it. They can require that you take two half days instead of one whole day. The days are usually the last pedagogical days at the end of the school year.
Does that mean someone else will do my report cards/marking/close my classroom/tidy my desk?
No, you must complete all your workload duties before taking the comp time.